Winner of the 2015 CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America and the Ewing Arts award from NH’s Monadnock region, Apple Hill is a non-profit arts organization situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire that builds long-term learning relationships between professional and student musicians of all ages, levels, and cultures. The organization offers educational and mentoring programs each year to 300 students on-site and to thousands more throughout the world while producing approximately 60 concerts each year. These concerts feature Apple Hill’s resident ensemble, the Apple Hill String Quartet; Workshop faculty; and students in venues throughout N.H., the U.S., and across the globe. Over 50,000 students from around the world have attended Apple Hill’s workshops since its founding in
Central to the mission of Apple Hill is Playing for Peace, a program about the power of diversity and acceptance. In an effort to break down walls, students with cultural, ethnic, religious, economic, and political differences are paired together. In small ensembles, they play music focusing on the five skills of chamber music – listening, watching, adjusting, sensitivity, and being flexible—the same skills needed to work and function effectively in the world. Everyone learns not only to play music but also to communicate and connect with each other in ways that may not be possible in their home communities.